2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch carries over 3.2 million scheduled passengers in 2006

02 01 2007

2006 was a record-breaking year for award-winning low cost airline Monarch, with the airline carrying over 3.2* million scheduled passengers in the twelve-month period, compared with 2.6 million in 2005 – a 23.9% increase year-on-year.

During the year the airline celebrated the introduction of a host of new routes including Birmingham to Almeria, Lanzarote, Menorca, Murcia and Palma; London Gatwick to Lanzarote and Tenerife; Manchester to Lanzarote and Menorca as well as London Luton to Palma.

Passenger traffic for December 2006 also continued to soar with the airline carrying 166,697 scheduled passengers, an 11.9% increase compared to December 2005. The percentage of bookings made on the airline’s website, www.flymonarch.com, was also up by 3%.

2007 will see passenger traffic rise further still with capacity increases on a number of popular routes as well as the airline’s expansion in to the Eastern Mediterranean with the first low-cost scheduled flights from the UK to Cyprus, and the introduction of eight new routes which include:

Birmingham to Ibiza

London Gatwick to Ibiza and Murcia

London Luton to Almeria, Ibiza and Larnaca

Manchester to Ibiza and Jerez

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Aberdeen, Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester and was named as Leisure Airline of the Year in recent Travel Industry Awards. Fares on Monarch flights include complimentary daily newspapers, a refreshing hot towel service and require no additional payment for checking-in baggage; also available is a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals with prices from £3.00. Seats can be pre-booked at £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all, or for only £15, why not try one of the 48 extra-legroom seats which offer up to six inches of extra space? Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme, Vantage Club.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights from Manchester and Birmingham can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between 24 and 4 hours prior to departure or from 36 hours if you are a Vantage Club member.

For more information or to book, visit www.flymonarch.com or call 08700 40 63 00.

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Notes to editors:

*Represents the number of earned seats flown by Monarch’s scheduled services. Earned seats include seats that are flown whether or not the passenger turns up because once a flight has departed, a no-show customer is not entitled to change flights or seek a refund.

Monarch’s passenger statistics for scheduled services during December 2006:

Passenger numbers(1)

December 2005 148,968

December 2006 166,697

% change +11.9%

Load factor(2)

December 2005 58.44%

December 2006 67.35%

% change +8.91%

Internet sales percentage(3)

December 2005 87%

December 2006 90%

% change +3%

1. Represents the number of earned seats flown by Monarch. Earned seats include seats that are flown whether or not the passenger turns up because once a flight has departed a no-show customer is not entitled to change flights or seek a refund

2. Represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers

3. Represents the % of bookings made via www.flyMonarch.com.

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